Mariana Sarmiento is a specialist in environmental policy analysis and design. She has worked developing and implementing natural resource manangement strategies for public and private organizations as well as stakeholder engagement strategies in high level arenas as well as local communities. Some of Mariana's work has involved Colombia’s Ministry of Environment leading the environmental conflict resolution program and collaborating on the development of the national water resources policy. She has also consulted for USAID on the implementation of development projects in Colombia, the World Bank on environmental management issues of the Mexican Petroleum Company, WWF on mining and biodiversity issues, and with an international NGO on economic valuation in Natural Resource Damage Assessments. She also conducted research in forestry projects with indigenous communities across Latin America. Mariana holds a Master’s in Environmental Management from Yale University, and a bachelor´s degree from Tulane University in Environmental Studies and Political Science.